09 Jan 2022 // 2 minute read
Text by Cruise & Harbour News | Photos by Carnival & the Hong Kong Cruise Society
Former Royal Caribbean's Sun Viking, Carnival Fascination and Fuji Maru To Beach In Alang Soon
Former glories of the american market, the Oriental Dragon and Century Harmony, once upon a time Royal Caribbean's Sun Viking and Carnival's Carnival Fascination, are set to end their days in the beach of Alang, India, aswell as japanese passenger vessel Fuji Maru. The Oriental Dragon was recently auctioned off and snatched by a scrapping firm located in the famous recycling beach of Bhavnagar, thus signaling the end of a 50-year old carreer that began back in 1972 as the Sun Viking, one of the original three Royal Caribbean ships, the others, the Song of Norway and Nordic Prince, both scrapped almost 10 years ago. The Sun Viking was a smaller, rounder version of the other two, but saw it's carreer be extended in Asia, as it took on various casino and 1-day cruising guises ever since 1998. The Oriental Dragon is, nonetheless, sailing by it's own power to India, where it is due on the 13th of January.
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The Century Harmony, former Carnival Fascination, has moved to Sri Lanka, reflagged and renamed Y Harmony. The ship was sold by Carnival in 2020 and picked by a new asian operator, which not only renammed her but was in the proccess of painting the ship, moved it into a dry-dock and touched it up. But, a few months later, the investors pulled the plug and re-sold it to Alang, where it is due to be beached in February. Currently in Colombo, it is currently beeing prepared for scrap, mostly offloading some valuable items. As previously reported by us in the 21st edition of our magazine, which was launched in the 1st of May 2021, the former japanese passenger ship Fuji Maru was sold for scrappers in Alang, and, now renamed Jin, and reflagged to Palau, it is due to arrive in Alang in the early hours of the 12th of January, and beached in the following high tide. At 33 years old, the Fuji Maru was a popular vessel among the locals. These are the first cruise ships to be beached in 2022, but as the current global situation escalates once again, and according to ship brokers, the prices for second-hand tonnage have dipped again, with a handful of cruise ships, currently in the market, seeing their buy-now prices lowered, possibly tempting scrappers to chime in at a sweet deal.
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